Remember the children´s story we were told when young about the boy who cried wolf? The boy kept fooling the village folk with lies until one day, his own Karma caught up with him.
The Hrithik-Kangana legal saga has been going on for some time now. Ever since, it came into public domain, my first instinctive reaction was to take the side of Kangana Ranaut. And, this was way before her public outpourings.
Why did I take her side initially? Because extramarital affairs are commonplace in Bollywood and her insinuation of an affair was not exactly unbelievable.
Hrithik is no saint.
But, nor is Kangana Ranaut, I discovered as the case unraveled.
As the case progressed and the facts now come to light, the picture painted by Kangana Ranaut doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. The image of Hrithik as a psychotic stalker, hacking into her computer, the proposal in Paris, of her undying love for Hrithik and the 7 year long relationship while being in other relationships from Adhyayan Suman, Ajay Devgan (supposedly as claimed by Kangana herself in a past interview) or some random foreigner! The only evidence she has is one photoshopped picture of Hrithik and her from a Bollywood party which Suzanne Khan has dismissed stating her presence at the same event. It is like any other picture from a typical Bollywood insider party. It is suspicious how there is no evidence of any engagement..a ring, a dress, flight tickets, hotel room bookings, passport visa match etc. Come to think of it, an engagement is a serious commitment to take it to the next level. Isn´t it strange that there is nothing from Kangana´s side to prove her alleged engagement?
How is that there is not a single piece of evidence provided by Kangana Ranaut to validate her claims of an affair to the police till date?
Mind you, I am no fan of either of them. Ive gone way past that juvenile stage of being any celebrity´s fangirl. Back then when the controversy freshly erupted, I questioned Kangana´s interview with noted journalist Barkha Dutt. I found the interview suspiciously one-sided in perspective. I was disappointed both as a viewer and as someone who had deep respect for Barkha Dutt as a journalist and her illustrious body of work. Ms. Dutt did not ask any of the tough questions and let Kangana Ranaut have a field day in her interview. The interview seemed propagandist and staged to me. Even if it weren´t so, Ms. Dutt´s fondness for the actress was pretty evident and it overruled her stance as a journalist who is meant to grill and put the guest literally on the hot seat. All we, viewers, got to see was an empathetic Ms.Dutt towards the poor victim, Ms. Ranaut.
The Hrithik-Kangana case is no way remotely related to Feminism as Barkha Dutt and Kangana Ranaut were trying to portray. It remains till date a serious allegation of criminal offence entailing lies, manipulation, stalking, online harassment etc.
Why is it preposterous to believe than men can be victims of stalking too and they can also exercise their power of saying ´No´to a relationship? Is consent only restricted to women?
By giving this case a Feminism angle, both of them are hurting and not helping the cause of Feminism in any way. Notwithstanding their headline worthy quote unquotes.
If the interview was about Kangana´s lifestyle and personal choices, you can bring the Feminism angle to it. Like Sushmita Sen who is unapologetic about her lifestyle.A single woman and mother, she has been in various serious and not-so-serious consensual relationships. If the interview were about a woman´s right to live her life the way she deems right like any man, you can bring Feminism into the picture. Kudos to women who have the courage to lead an open and transparent life in a highly judgemental society like ours. To Kangana Ranaut´s credit, I do like her take and thoughts on Feminism and women´s liberation. Her most recent quote being : ´Having sex is fun for a man, but for a woman, it’s almost criminal.´
But, this is a legal case for God´s sake. You cannot get Feminism into the picture and use it to your advantage. That´s manipulation and playing around with the public´s sentiments and feelings in an attempt to sway and seduce them onto your side. A talent which Ms.Ranaut possesses in plenty like her own brainchild dialogue in Simran
´Ladko ko patana ek talent hota hai´
Likewise, I´m sure ´Public ko patana aur ullu banana bhi ek talent hota hai´.
Yes! More people (men and women alike) I meet in regular daily life are questioning Ms. Ranaut´s version sans any proof.
Last time, Adhyayan Suman came into the limelight for his allegations against Kangana Ranaut for physical and emotional abuse. The young actor was literally trolled and shamed for coming out of his closet with his version of the story. He was also a witness to Kangana´s stalking of Hrithik Roshan claiming that she was obsessed with Jr. Roshan even while in a relationship with him. Apparently, a man can never be right, be a victim of abuse or be in depression. More so, a flop male actor who stands no chance whatsoever against a three time National Award female actor! As if awards are a validation of human character! Sad!
Cut to 2017. Kangana Ranaut had a long bad spell after Tanu Weds Manu Returns with four of her films tanking at the box office. Rangoon sank without a trace proving once again, the lady has no real star power or value. She courted controversies again this year with her unsavoury remarks about Shahid Kapoor but the latter was smart not to blow it out of proportion, seeing through her game and incessant love for controversies to remain relevant in the news.
She courted another well-planned controversy again on ´Koffee with Karan´ with her nepotism remark and Karan Johar bit her bait and how! Hard! Of course, Kangana was not wrong about nepotism but her intention is suspicious. Malicious intent or not, she highlighted an obvious reality and the public support was with her this time.
Then, came the trailer of Simran which created zero buzz and interest amongst the public despite the controversy with the writer Apurva Asrani. I found the trailer incoherent and Ms. Ranaut hamming her way with OTT histrionics with a thick ´Queen´ hangover.
In what seemed like another well-planned and staged Áap Ki Adalat´ interview, Kangana Ranaut came out yet again talking about her emotional trauma following her supposed relationship with Hrithik Roshan. I saw the interview, finding several inconsistencies in her speech and shifty body language. She claimed dramatically on national television her undying love for Hrithik Roshan and how he used and betrayed her causing her second death, making you wonder what the hell is she blabbering about. What was her first death in that case? And she surely didn´t seem´or behave like a woman who was genuinely in love with Greek God like actor. A woman truly in love will not wash her dirty linen in public but choose to keep the affair, sacred and prive. Like say, Rekha or even Hrithik´s ex wife, Suzanne Khan. Following the divorce, Suzanne has maintained a dignified silence about Hrithik Roshan and this shows her love and respect for her ex-husband. Their divorce is their personal matter and both have kept their dirty linen private and not for cheap public entertainment. More importantly, neither have tried to milk the situation to their personal benefit and taint it with any negativity. And when Ms.Ranaut claims undying love on public television, it sounds like the workings of a cheap C grade movie plot. Almost like a spoof to poof some wool into her sheeple´s eyes.
She quickly followed it with the AIB video (Yes, the AIB video drove home some solid truths but that doesn´t redeem the actress of giving proof to her allegations) on patriarchy much like her Girlyappa video which came during the Valentine´s Day just before the release of Rangoon. And, she was the public´s darling and reigning queen again.
Until, of course the movie Simran tanked badly at the BO. The movie as expected was a disaster. Thanks to Kangana Ranaut who wanted to be it all – actor, producer, director, writer and what not! The movie seemed less a biopic on the Bombshell Bandit and more like a spoof on the DDLJ lead character of Simran. In a story plot that clearly did not require the Feminism angle at all, Ms. Ranaut made a hotchpotch of the original vision of the writer, Apurva Asrani and a mockery of the movie. The story would have made a fantastic crime thriller. Instead, it turned out to be some feminist Naari propaganda with the Bombshell Bandit as some kind of a poster child for women´s liberation and freedom of all kinds, including sexual and criminal. Sadly for the movie´s cause, the real life Bombshell Bandit ends up in jail and is no role model for women from any angle you choose to look at it from.
Back to controversies! Following the Áap Ki Adalat´interview, Adhyayan Suman wisely moved on realising that this woman and the traumatic past doesn’t deserve any more of his wasted time and breath. He´s found his emotional closure and moved on. While Aditya Pancholi and wife, Zarina Wahab have filed her for defamation.
And Hrithik Roshan refused to bite her bait, taking his own sweet time, to respond with hard facts and evidence. No crocodile tears! No bullshit! And he has no film releasing anytime shortly.
He has released a public statement on his social media FB and Twitter accounts. Hrithik is all slated to appear on Arnab´s show ´The Nation wants to know´this weekend. I hope Arnab asks him all the tough questions and puts him on the hot seat. I for one, want him to answer if he had asked Kangana, at any point in their interaction, to stop sending him emails either in email, phone or person. Why did he choose to ignore her emails, as he claims? Did his ex-wife, family or friends know about Kangana´s stalker emails to him and what was their advice? Other than these nagging questions, I am pretty much convinced with the proof and evidence provided by him to the cops.
I watched the Republic TV cover on the Hrithik-Kangana case and was highly impressed with Shaina NC and Deepika Bharadwaj´s balanced opinion and viewpoint in particular. You can take a look here for more valid points and questions raised –
Rangoli, the official foul mouthpiece of Kangana says her sister doesnt stalk uncles like Hrithik…that her sister is way too rich and successful for uncles like Hrithik Roshan. And Kangana kept crying on TV that Hrithik was ashamed of her status and flop actress tag. Go figure who´s lying!
Are you kidding me, Rangoli Chandel? Hrithik Roshan is a rich producer´s son and your sister is not naive to duped. She knew very well what she was going after. Before casting aspersion on Hrithik´s ex-wife and why she left him or insinuations of a possible affair with Hrithik´s friend, look into your own sister´s extra marital affairs first. I mean if this is not hypocrisy, what is! It´s a classic case of a people living in glass houses throwing stones at other women (and their men) and it somehow passes off as a bravado act of Feminism.
The last time, I was pretty sure Kangana Ranaut would move on quite expertly with her lies and manipulation. This time, I´m afraid she has to back her long talk with believable proof.
Feminism or Gender Equality to me, is essentially about right and wrong. The right prerogative does not lie only with the Woman and the Man is not always the villain, the evil perpetrator and entirely wrong. Feminism is about being ethical, objective and making sound judgement based on hard facts and evidence alone and not on promotional interviews and videos. And, this is why I support Hrithik Roshan in his legal case against Kangana Ranaut. Until of course, Kangana swings me onto her side with sufficient proof to back her claims.
I rest my case.
(This post was first published on @mycity4kids here: https://www.mycity4kids.com/parenting/beauty-and-the-mom/article/why-i-support-hrithik-roshan-in-his-legal-case-against-kangana-ranaut-despite-being-a-feminist)